The Spolia Tarot in the Haute Macabre Shop

New in the Haute Macabre Shop: The Spolia Tarot A stunning 97 card deck of Tarot, elemental, and Zodiac cards by artist Jen May and writer Jessa Crispin. Using images from history, from alchemy and mysticism, from mythology and the natural world to create a lush deck layered with meaning. The word “Spolia” means using […]

10 Years of Haute Macabre: Le Rêveur Parle: An Interview with Erin Morgenstern by J.L. Schnabel

Upon first reading The Night Circus, the void in your heart that you were previously unaware of is filled. From its opening lines, you are stolen away and captivated by its lyrical story and magical characters, your life forever enriched by your experience with it. You find yourself unconsciously nodding to any stranger in the street […]

I Am My Own Muse: Frida Kahlo by Julien Levy

In the last few years, I’ve developed a deep adoration and fascination with Frida Kahlo. I’m very late to the party, but honestly, for most of my life I knew nothing of her other than being a pop culture icon, a face plastered on miscellaneous trinkets and tote bags. About two years ago, I finally […]

Medusa: The Embodiment of Beauty and Terror from BloodMilk Jewels

Entwined snakes framing her head, coiled around her and ready to strike in aggressive protection, Medusa is member of our pantheon of feminist anti-heroines. BloodMilk pays homage to her in this collection of her psychic armor: serpents nesting around stunning gemstones, “embodying the tension of beauty and terror”. Akin to the lightning bolt of destruction […]

Ten Years Of Haute Macabre: A Woman With Power, Pam Grossman

S. Elizabeth: So…I’m pretty sure the whole reason I began writing in the first place was to interview writer-witch, ritual-mistress, and podcasting sorceress, Pam Grossman. It was all leading up to this! Yep. This is the truth. Also–have you pre-ordered Pam’s forthcoming book, Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power, yet? (Due out June […]

Ten Years Of Haute Macabre: The Art of Darla Teagarden

S. Elizabeth: This Q&A with multimedia artist, conceptual photographer, and all around darling human Darla Teagarden was my first interview written for Haute Macabre, and holds a deeply special place in my heart. Please welcome S. Elizabeth to our growing team of staff writers! Sarah is no stranger to Haute Macabre, having contributed as a […]

The Spolia Tarot in the Haute Macabre Shop

New in the Haute Macabre Shop: The Spolia Tarot A stunning 97 card deck of Tarot, elemental, and Zodiac cards by artist Jen May and writer Jessa Crispin. Using images from history, from alchemy and mysticism, from mythology and the natural world to create a lush deck layered with meaning. The word “Spolia” means using […]

10 Years of Haute Macabre: Exploring the Daydream Spaces of Scott Radke

Maika: When I began writing for Haute Macabre in 2016, one of the very first things I wanted to do was share an essay I’d already been writing and rewriting for years. It’s about the work of artist Scott Radke, one of my favorite contemporary artists, who has since become a friend. Each time I […]

10 Years Of Haute Macabre: Unlikely Therapy With Skeletor Is Love

S. Elizabeth: When I began writing for Haute Macabre in 2015, the last thing I ever thought I’d be sharing with you guys is how I began to heal my past traumas with the help of a  skull-faced megalomaniac from an 80’s cartoon show. But you know, sometimes these things just write themselves… The support […]

In Loving Memory of Mr & Mrs Comfort

One of my favorite tear sheets we’ve ever posted to Haute Macabre nearly ten years ago in 2009: In Memory of The Late Mr. & Mrs. Comfort, a fabled published in the New Yorker Magazine, November 1995. Photographed by Richard Avedon featuring Nadja Auermann.

AJ Hawkins Art X Detrivore Cosmetics “Decomposition” Collection

The Decomposition Collection is a collaboration between Detrivore Cosmetics and Death Positive artist AJ Hawkins, and is inspired by AJ’s art series, “The Reclamation”, a project exploring the decomposition of human bodies and the nutrient cycle, wherein each piece represents “a phase of decomposition, from death to dust, and ways nature reclaims our bodies to foster life.” […]

Haute Macabre New Moon Shop Update: Crystals and Tarot

I am so excited to share with you the latest additions to the Haute Macabre Shop: the new Crystal section, the newly released Madam Lydia Wilhelmina’s Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre, and Autumn Scenes, and Bakara Wintner’s guide, WTF Is Tarot? …& How Do I Do It?  These crystals were all charged overnight in the […]

Prêt-à-Portend

From the “I don’t know what’s going on here, but I like it” files: all signs point to this being a recent photoshoot for Financial Times magazine, suggesting that the prognostic practices of astrology, palm-reading, and other forms of divination are on-trend in terms of sartorial inspiration for 2019 (and I don’t mean to brag, […]

Post Mortem: December 2018

In the coming weeks, the writers here at Haute Macabre will be offering up our own personal post mortems for the year of 2018, our collections of favorite products and discoveries, our own favorite contributions to the site, and our own intimate takes on the previous twelve months. For now, please enjoy this recap of […]

From the Haute Macabre Archives: From Here to Eternity with Caitlin Doughty

Everyone’s favorite undertaker, Caitlin Doughty, has spent the last few years since her first book, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, was released traveling the world to experience global death traditions and rituals, opening her own green funeral home, leading The Order of the Good Death, and posting her YouTube series, Ask a Mortician. Caitlin’s new […]

Spooky

Spooky by Tim Walker The Love Magazine, February 2015 Featuring Agyness Deyn View the beautiful accompanying film at The Love Magazine

Full Moon Shop Update

The final shop update of the year closes with a selection of titles added to the “Literature” section of the Haute Macabre Shop. Each of these titles has a personal significance to me, and I hope they touch you in the same way. Expect an update in early 2019 of the oracle and divination selection of […]

I Am My Own Muse: Frida Kahlo by Julien Levy

In the last few years, I’ve developed a deep adoration and fascination with Frida Kahlo. I’m very late to the party, but honestly, for most of my life I knew nothing of her other than being a pop culture icon, a face plastered on miscellaneous trinkets and tote bags. About two years ago, I finally […]

Stacked November 2018

Sarah After my haunted house marathon in October, I decided November would be a good time to catch up on my nonfiction stacks… What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City written by Mona Hanna-Attisha is an account of the Flint water crisis by is the relentless physician […]

Haute Macabre Tenth Anniversary Celebration Sale

Ten years ago this weekend, Haute Macabre launched. To celebrate our anniversary, we are offering a 20% discount on our complete Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection of perfumes and hair glosses, and on the Sabbat Poster, with code “Henbane” at checkout in the HM Shop. I launched Haute Macabre to fill a void that I […]

Solstice Scents Fall 2018 Collection Review + A Giveaway!

While many of you in the northern hemisphere may already be experiencing the deep chill of winter, down here in sub-tropical Florida this week it is as if we have at last been visited by the nascent exuberance of an early October afternoon. A crisp breeze is lightly clickety-clacking our wooden wind chimes and the […]

New Moon Shop Update: Apothecary and Paper Goods

Tomorrow, Friday, December 6 at 10AM CST, the Haute Macabre Shop will be restocked with the much coveted Open Sea Design Company Luminaries Planner and the Many Moons 2019 Lunar Planner by Modern Women, and the Apothecary has been updated with our complete Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection of perfumes and hair glosses and the […]

Dark Moon Magic from Leah Samuels of Moonlight Offerings

Astrologer Leah Samuels of Moonlight Offerings guest blogs with Haute Macabre today to teach us about tonight’s Dark Moon, and share a release ritual. New & Full Moons are commonly celebrated in spiritual and astrological circles. Yet, there is much power in working with the Dark Moon, as well. The Dark Moon is the last […]

How To Wear Your Cup Of Stars

Don’t do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again. I recall seeing Sofia Zakia’s Her Cup Of Stars necklace some time last year on Instagram and being utterly transfixed by its […]

Post Mortem: November 2018

Stacked: October 2018 Aural Fixation: Autumn 2018 Needful Things: Autumn 2018 Haute Macabre: As Told By a Traditional Witch Literature and Divination Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Tarot Scents: The Emperor Stars, Fools, and Lovers: An illustrated guide to the art and history of the tarot 31 Days Of Horror in 2018 Medusa: The Embodiment of […]

Haute Macabre at the Oddities Flea Market

This weekend please visit the Haute Macabre booth at the holiday Oddities Flea Market at the Brooklyn Bazaar in Greenpoint. Curated by Regina and Ryan Cohn with the assistance of Meagan Meli, the market hosts dozens of independent arts and creators showcasing their wares. Offering three floors of exciting, top of the line purveyors of […]

Mystic Medusa: Astral DNA

Mystic Medusa is now offering spectacularly in depth birth charts: combining natal and birth chart aspects and placements to create a frighteningly on point analysis of your individual chart with your Astral DNA. It includes details of Ascendant, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, North Node and Midheaven positions and their […]

Helvak: Luxury Without Cruelty

Focusing on vegan, wearable basics, Helvak continues to deliver a future perfect aesthetic in their FW18 collection. Abandoning the general S/M/L sizing to provide a more refined fit, offering sizes from 2-20 to cater to all of us in all shapes and sizes. Each piece is hand cut and sewn in their Pittsburg studio, Helvak […]

Inside the Los Angeles Oddities Flea Market

I can scarcely believe the next Oddities Flea Market is less than a week away. While I wish I could magic myself there, it seems like only yesterday I was finally attending one of these dazzling events myself. Every time the market has taken place in New York, I’ve watched from my home, clear across the country in […]